Menu
Apple plots 2020 roadmap with rumored 'flat' iPhone 12, smaller HomePod, new Macs

Apple plots 2020 roadmap with rumored 'flat' iPhone 12, smaller HomePod, new Macs

Apple Tags coming too, Bloomberg reports.

Credit: Jason Snell

As the world reels from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple is still moving ahead with an ambitious 2020 roadmap, even if we don’t get any in-person events to show them off. Among the new devices on the way, according to a report by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu of Bloomberg, are four new iPhones (not counting the upcoming iPhone SE), a HomePod mini, and Bluetooth Apple Tags trackers, along with MacBook Pro, Apple TV, iPads, and iMacs.

The next iPhone, which will presumably be called the iPhone 12, is shaping up to be a massive leap forward from the iPhone 11. According to Bloomberg, the handset will by “borrowing cues from the latest iPads as part of a major fall refresh that will see 5G added to as many as four new handset models.” That means a new lower-end model will be joining the line-up for the first time. Previous rumors have suggested that the new entry-level device will have a 5.4-inch display.

The “Pro” models will reportedly “have flat stainless steel edges instead of the current curved design as well as more sharply rounded corners like the iPad Pro.” In a world where most high-end phones are doubling-down on curved glass, Apple will reportedly ditch the 2.5D glass that adds a slight curve to the sides, like the iPhone 5s.

Bloomberg also confirms the report that the new high-end iPhone Pro will have “a screen slightly larger than the 6.5-inch panel on the iPhone 11 Pro Max,” rumored to top 6.7 inches. The flagship models will also receive the same LiDAR system that debuted on the recent iPad Pro refresh, along with “a significant upgrade to the processor with an emphasis on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks.”

Gurman also says the new iPhones will have smaller notches.

In addition to the new iPhones, Apple is also reportedly preparing a new HomePod smart speaker “about half the size of the original while keeping a similar design.” Due in the second half of 2020, it will be positioned as an alternative to Google’s and Amazon’s inexpensive offerings. It’s unclear what the new price point of this new model will be, but Apple has reportedly been selling the original $299 HomePod to employees for $149.

Also due this year are the long-rumored Bluetooth accessory Apple Tags, as Bloomberg calls them. Similar to the Tile trackers, the “this, small, puck-shaped tags” will attach to objects via a keychain and will come bundled with an Apple-designed leather sleeve. Previous rumors have said the tags will use Apple’s ultra-wideband chip for calculating precise locations. Bloomberg notes that Apple Tags “will offer functionality much like gadgets already on the market.”

Finally, Apple has a slew of product updates on the way as well, including “a new version of the MacBook Pro, Apple TV, refreshed budget iPads and a new iMac.” Previous rumors have pegged the 13-inch MacBook Pro for a refresh with Apple’s new scissor keyboard and a larger screen, while the Apple TV hasn’t been updated in more than two and a half years.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags rumors

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments